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Emergency Medicine & Emergency Departments

Ochsner emergency room sign
Ochsner emergency room sign

Why choose Ochsner Health for your emergency care?

When an emergency strikes, every minute counts. You need expert medical care, fast. At Ochsner, our team of experts provides emergency services for any and every life-threatening situation. Thanks to our integrated network of facilities and subspecialists, we provide world-class acute care close to home in emergency rooms throughout the region. Open 24/7/365, our emergency departments have the expertise and services to help you through whatever emergencies come your way.

Ochsner’s emergency services are available in Louisiana and Mississippi.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or find a location near you.

How do I know whether I should visit urgent care or the emergency room?

Minor illnesses and injuries are best treated by your primary care provider or Ochsner’s urgent care services. When your symptoms are severe or you have a life-threatening emergency, you need the emergency department.

A few symptoms that should lead you to make an emergency department visit include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding that will not stop

  • Chest pain

  • Feeling and acting tired or confused after mild or major trauma

  • Loss of balance or coordination

  • Passing out

  • Problems speaking or understanding speech

  • Severe abdominal pain that may worsen when urinating

  • Sudden leg, arm or facial weakness or numbness

  • Trouble breathing or catching your breath

  • Vision loss

  • Worst headache ever experienced

  • Wounds from stabbing or gunshot

When seeking emergency care, leave jewelry, medication and other valuables at home. If possible, bring the following:

  • Emergency contact information

  • List of current medications and allergies

  • Medical records

  • Photo identification

In the heat of your stressful moment, we strive to provide an excellent patient experience. That’s why we greet you promptly and begin your care as soon as possible.

Here's what to expect when you arrive at the emergency department:

  • Soon after you arrive, a nurse will check your vital signs and ask your primary reason for seeking emergency care. Based on this information, the nurse will determine the severity of your problem. If your issue is life-threatening, you’ll go to a patient room immediately.

  • Once in a patient room, your team will work to determine or confirm a diagnosis. Blood or urine tests, along with radiology and diagnostic imaging tests (MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc.) could be ordered.

  • Your team will begin treatment.

  • When you are OK to leave, you will be sent home with follow-up orders. If you need additional care before going home, you may be admitted to the hospital for additional testing, treatment or evaluation.

In addition to general emergency services, Ochsner offers specialized emergency care including:

The caring professionals on staff at every Ochsner emergency department are specially trained to diagnose and treat emergency issues so you get back to your life as soon as possible. If you need a higher level of care, we can transfer you to another facility with ease.

Need specialty care? Ochsner doctors are trained in dozens of areas. Within moments, our emergency staff can consult with cardiology, orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology, psychology and many other specialists. Our specialists can even evaluate you virtually to help you get the right diagnosis and the right treatment as soon as possible.

When you visit an Ochsner emergency department, you’ll receive care from a team of experts. Our emergency staff includes:

  • Case workers

  • Emergency medicine physicians

  • Nurse practitioners and physician associates (advanced practice providers)

  • Nurses

  • Paramedics

  • Social workers

Ochsner actively works to improve the future of emergency care. Every emergency services department reviews data for process improvement opportunities.

Some Ochsner facilities help train future emergency medicine physicians and advanced practice providers. These physicians in training work alongside our team of experts. During their residencies, they get real-world experience providing patient care to those in need.

Every day, Ochsner emergency services specialists bring health and healing to those needing critical care. Once you receive a diagnosis, your team creates a treatment plan, and care begins immediately.

Depending on your needs, your provider may prescribe medication, surgery, therapy or another intervention. Whatever you need, you get it in a timely manner.


Not necessarily. The emergency team makes every effort to evaluate patients as soon as they arrive.

Sometimes, there are more patients in the emergency room than there are beds available. If a bed isn’t available, the emergency team might talk to patients in different locations like triage or small rooms. They also might use virtual technology called “TeleTriage” to make sure patients are safe and get their treatment started while they wait for a bed.

That depends on why you're there. The medical staff wants to get a diagnosis and potential treatment started as soon as possible — sometimes even before an emergency department bed is available.

For example, a patient with a suspected sprained ankle may be evaluated when they arrive, then sent for an X-ray before an emergency department waiting room is available. Once the X-ray is complete, the patient would go to a results waiting room and be sent home with treatment instructions.

In this case, the patient would receive an evaluation and diagnosis from the emergency department team without ever getting a bed in the emergency room.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Emergency Medicine & Emergency Departments

Emergency Medicine & Emergency Departments Locations

Ochsner American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
Jennings, LA 70546
  • : 8:11 p.m.-8:11 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Children’s Hospital - Emergency Room
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 West 7th St.
Kaplan, LA 70548
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Mary
1125 Marguerite St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center
4864 Jackson St.
Monroe, LA 71202
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Hancock
149 Drinkwater Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Emergency Room - Marrero
4837 Lapalco Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes
1900 West Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA 70068
  • 7 days/wk, 24 hrs/day: 11 p.m.-11 p.m.
St. Charles Parish Hospital
1057 Paul Maillard Road
Luling, LA 70070
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Complex - Iberville
25455 La Highway 1
Plaquemine, LA 70764
  • Clinic Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Emergency Care: 24 Hours: 8:11 p.m.-8:11 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
1978 Industrial Blvd.
Houma, LA 70363
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Children's Hospital
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus
2500 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA 70056
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Anne Hospital
4608 Highway 1
Raceland, LA 70394
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.